Mansfield Relay for Life

Participants walk past the luminaria in the Qualters Middle School during the Mansfield Relay for Life in 2017. (File photo)

It’s the big weekend to raise money for the cancer fight as not one but two Relays for Life are being held in the Attleboro area.

The Relay for Life of Greater Attleboro kicks off tonight at 6 at Norton High School, 66 West Main St. (Route 123).

At the onset, there will be an opening ceremony and cancer survivors lap. The event will run into Saturday morning through 10 a.m.

As usual, there will be teams and individuals walking and running around the school track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Over $100,000 has already been raised, with about 30 teams, nearly 300 participants and about 50 survivors registered.

This marks the second year the Relay is being held in Norton following 19 years in North Attleboro.

And over in Foxboro, from Saturday into Sunday there is the Mansfield-Foxboro-Sharon Relay for Life at Ahern Middle School at 111 Mechanic St.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, with the event stepping off at 4 p.m. with an opening ceremony honoring survivors and those who have helped the Relay.

That will be followed by the survivor’s/caregivers walk around the school track and then others walking and running around the oval.

Foxboro resident and childhood cancer survivor Lindsey Nelson will speak at the opening ceremonies, and WCVB’s anchor Antoinette Antonio will speak during the survivor ceremony at 6 p.m.

Closing ceremonies are at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Nearly 300 participants have signed up, with over half the goal of $80,000 attained.

There will be special theme laps, including Glow in the Dark, Superhero, Dance, and Sports Team.

The towns combined their Relays in recent years.

To register and learn more:

Both Relays, which raise money for the cancer society for research and to help pay for programs for cancer patients and families, will again have luminaria ceremonies where bags are lit in recognition or memory of cancer victims.

And there will be plenty of fun activities and games, music, and raffles and food.

Stephen Peterson can be reached at 508-236-0377.

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